Scientific research centre targeted, says Syrian Army
Russia and Syria’s allies — Iran and Hizbollah — have called Wednesday’s Israeli airstrike on Syrian soil a violation of the United Nations charter and an expression of a policy of denying technology to Muslim countries.
Lebanese television station Al-Manar, affiliated to the Hizbollah, said four fighter jets flew low over Al Sheikh mountain to evade radar cover. They fired nine rockets that damaged the centre and a nearby building. Two workers were killed and nine wounded.
The Russian Foreign Ministry could hardly conceal its fury. The Ministry’s website said if the assault by Israeli warplanes was confirmed, it meant unprovoked attacks on the territory of a sovereign state — which was not admissible, whatever the justification. The Ministry called the attack a “blatant act of aggression”. Russian diplomats were taking urgent measures to clarify the situation and to establish the details of the incident, the Ministry added.
Separately, Hizbollah said the research centre was targeted to cripple Syrian military capabilities. The group’s statement, evoking the perception of a clash among religions, added that the attack was part of Israel’s policy to prevent “any Arab and Muslim state from developing its technological and military capabilities”.
Iran, a top ally of Syria and Hizbollah also condemned the attack, which, in its view, showed that Israel and “foreign-sponsored rebels” were collaborating with each other.
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian urged U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to adopt “effective and practical measures against the attack.